Head-to-Body Transplant? Stories from Ancient China
Keywords:古代文獻, 換頭術, 頭身關係, 易頭, 倫理學
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
A head transplant is an experimental surgical operation involving the grafting of one organism’s head onto the body of another. Since 2017, with the announcement of the Heaven project, the possibility of head transplantation has raised public concern and caused heated ethical debate in China. This essay approaches the discussion from the perspective of the relationship between the head and the body in ancient Chinese literature. The study highlights the traditional Chinese belief in the unity of corporeality and spirituality, with the human mind viewed as the foundational element of personal identity. The essay also interprets stories involving head removal and head transplantation from the perspective of medical ethics today.
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